Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park, Freeport
An oldie but goodie that deserves to be written about twice.
I may have shared this trail with you already, but I did not hide a Seek'em here until now. Plus, this place is SO good, it deserves another go around. I will, however, keep this post short and sweet since it is my bedtime and I need to have this written before shut-eye. Summer is a blur of happiness, traveling sandwiched between traveling, and losing track of time. I'll take it all, but sometimes I get behind on my weekly responsibilities. Even the ones I love.
This park offers 5 miles of walking trails, a wheelchair and stroller accessible path, picnic areas, restrooms, and public nature programs. There is a fee upon entry, but you are welcome to walk in and enjoy the park during daylight hours, even when the gate is closed. Wolfe's Neck opened in 1972 when over 200 acres of ecosystems was given to the State by the Smith family of Freeport. This land includes hemlock forests, a salt marsh estuary and rocky shores of Casco Bay and the Harraseeket River. There are many different hikes here, but we opted for the Harraseeket Hike, a 1.8 mile loop that includes woods and shoreline.
From parking lot #1, follow the Casco Bay Trail until you reach the path leading to the water. Explore the rocky shore with its gorgeous views.
When you are ready to move on, head back up the stairs/path and take a left to follow the Harraseeket trail clockwise. After less than 1/10th of a mile, start looking for this tree on your right.
Look around the back side of it at the base. Here you will find our Seek'em.
Carry on, enjoying the lush forest and water views. You will reach one or two more outlooks on this loop. Take it all in.
For directions to this park from Main Street in downtown Freeport, take Bow Street (across from L.L. Bean). Continue on Bow Street (which becomes Flying Point Road) for 2.3 miles. Turn right at Wolfe's Neck Road and follow it to the park entrance on the left in 1.4 miles. You will pass the main entrance to Wolfe's Neck Farm on your way. Stop by for a visit if you'd like to hang out with some animals. Or swing by Bessie's Farm Goods at 1 Grace Lane in Freeport for some deliciously home baked sweets, soups and snacks. Endless things to do here, happiness sandwiched between happiness.